Celtic On This Day – 26th January – David Potter’s Celtic Diary

The late, great Celtic Historian David Potter’s Celtic Diary each morning on The Celtic Star looks back at key Celtic events and matches on this day starting on 26th January 1918…

Hugh Brown scored

SATURDAY 26 JANUARY 1918 – A thrilling 3-3 draw at Celtic Park against Airdrie entertains the 10,000 spectators but means that Rangers who won today are now level on points with Celtic at the top of the League. Celtic’s goals were scored by Patsy Gallacher, Adam McLean and Hugh Brown. The weather is pleasant enough for the end of January, but the arrival of spring in 1918 is dreaded for it will mean another “push” in France, and this time the Germans will be reinforced by their victorious army from the East. The British now have the as yet unproven Americans. Loads of money, loads of “mouth”, but is there any mettle?

Billy McPhail scored

SATURDAY 26 JANUARY 1957 – Celtic’s inconsistency is truly astonishing. After some absolutely appalling performances, today they turn it on, and to the delight of the 17,000 crowd, beat Falkirk 4-0 at Parkhead with goals from Neil Mochan, Billy McPhail, John Higgins and an own goal.

WEDNESDAY 26 JANUARY 1966 – In a game switched from Kiev to Tblisi in Georgia for climate reasons, Celtic earn the 1-1 draw which is enough to win the tie 4-1 on aggregate over Dinamo Kiev. Dinamo score first through Sabo but then Tommy Gemmell equalises after some fine work by John Hughes. A black mark is the ordering off of Jim Craig after a clash with Dinamo’s Khmelnitsky, but Celtic are now in the semi-finals of the European Cup Winners’ Cup.

SATURDAY 26 JANUARY 1980 – 18,000 are at Celtic Park to see an undistinguished Scottish Cup performance against First Division Raith Rovers. The final score is 2-1 but with a bit of luck, the Fifers might have earned a replay. Bobby Lennox and Johnny Doyle score the goals for Celtic, but the crowd are not slow to show their displeasure at the poor fare on offer.

SATURDAY 26 JANUARY 1991 – With the First Gulf War raging in the middle east, Celtic travel to Forfar to play the local side in the Scottish Cup for the second year running. They struggled last year, but this year they have fewer problems in a routine 2-0 victory with goals from Tommy Coyne and Dariusz Wdowczyk.

David Potter


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I am Celtic author and historian and write for The Celtic Star. I live in Kirkcaldy and have followed Celtic all my life, having seen them first at Dundee in March 1958. I am a retired teacher and my other interests are cricket, drama and the poetry of Robert Burns.

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